Phyllis Rogers of Delta Dental of Arkansas (CFO of the Year Finalist, Large Private Companies)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 12:00 am  

Phyllis Rogers

This year, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants recognized Phyllis Rogers as the outstanding CPA in business and industry.

“It’s nice to be recognized by my peers,” said Rogers, 50, the senior vice president and CFO of Delta Dental of Arkansas Inc.

“In choosing the winner of the award, emphasis is placed primarily on a candidate’s contributions to the growth and success of his or her company or organization, notable entrepreneurial achievement and the enhancement of the profession,” according to the ASCPA’s August newsletter.

Since Rogers arrived at Delta Dental in 2000 as vice president of finance, she has watched its revenue grow from $133 million to more than $400 million. The nonprofit dental benefits provider, headquartered in Sherwood, is projected to have about $410 million in revenue this year, she said.

“We’ve done a lot in the last 13 years to not only grow the company … but also to build our brand in the marketplace,” she said.

And she’s proud of Delta’s charitable giving, which has “done a lot to improve the oral health of Arkansans.”

In 2012, Delta Dental and its foundation gave away more than $1.6 million to support oral health throughout Arkansas. During the past decade, “both organizations have given more than $10 million to support our community and our mission to improve the oral health of Arkansans,” Rogers said.

In 2012, Delta agreed to an affiliation with Renaissance Health Service Corp. of Lansing, Mich., one of the largest dental plan administrators in the country.

Rogers was appointed to represent Delta Dental on the Renaissance Core Integration Team. As part of the team, Rogers said, she has helped reduce expenses for the eight Delta Dentals in the affiliation, which led to a drop in Delta Dental of Arkansas’ cost per claim.

Away from Delta Dental, Rogers is on the board of the CARTI Foundation and is a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock.

Rogers said she wants to help mentor high school students and let them know about careers in accounting. “There’s a shortage of CPAs, and we need to encourage more young people to … choose that profession,” she said.

She said it would have been helpful to have a mentor when she was in high school. Rogers just happened to stumble into an accounting class at Hot Springs High School.

After the class, she wanted to become an accountant.

She said she has a desire to give back to her community. “If we can all help in a small way, we can make a big difference,” Rogers said.

 

 

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